Thursday, November 11, 2010

Granny Stripe Blanket

This is a new project that I started a couple of days ago.  It is called Granny Stripe Blanket, and I can't take credit for this pattern.  It is over on Lucy's blog, Attic 24.  This pattern is easy and you can find the link to it over on the left side of her blog.  Once you get your base chain done and the first couple of rows, it is easy sailing.  I think a repetitive pattern like this is relaxing to do. 
I'm using Cascade Superwash yarn, and these are the colors that I plan to use.   
Then this hexagon is a pattern that I found through Ravelry.  I think this would be a good use for the "leftovers".  I found a couple of mistakes in the pattern for this the way it was written, and I need to make a couple more of these so I can write instructions on how to join them together.  So I'll post that pattern here....and I promise I won't wait another 2 months before I post again. 
Hope you are finding some time to crochet or knit today. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Potato Chip Scarf (Knit)

This is another easy knit project.  All this requires is a knit stitch.  This is my progress so far. 

Here is the pattern:

One ball of Koigu sock yarn.  One ball of Kids Silk Haze. 
Size 5 double point needles (need two that will be used as two straight needles). 

Cast on 20.

Knit across row (20 stitches). 

Then you are going to do short rows like this:

Knit 8.  Turn, knit 8. 
Knit 6.  Turn, knit 6.
Knit 4.  Turn, knit 4.
(Note:  When you are doing the above short rows, be sure after you turn your yarn is in the back.  If it isn't you will get another yarn over.

Knit 20.  Repeat.
This is the yarn I used.  There is one ball of Koigu and one ball of Kids Silk Haze.  It is a bit hard to see, but after you knit 3 or 4 inches of the scarf it begins to curl a potato chip. 

This pattern was given to me by the girls at Knit Stop.     I would love to see a photo of your scarf and/or your yarn choices. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Shell Look Baby Blanket (Crochet)

This is the baby blanket that I've been working on. I'm not sure who this one will go to, but the yarn was in my stash, and I love this pattern.

You just make the base chain and do a sc, hdc, dc all in the same stitch. Once you get going on your blanket, you will see how easy the pattern really is. I chose the variegated yarn in order to make the blanket look more complex. It really is easy.  In the photo below you can see the holes where you do the next shell (sc, hdc, dc).  That's all there is to it.  You can access my pattern by clicking the link above.  Good luck.  Drop me a note if you make one of your own.  I'd love a photo.  Happy stitching. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Easy Crochet Pattern Blog (with some knitting)

Welcome to my new Easy Crochet Pattern blog.  I've been a crocheter for over 40 years and a knitter for not quite 20 years.  I love the look of an intricate knit or crocheted project, but what I really love is to find an easy crochet pattern that I can do while I'm visiting in a group, while watching tv, or sitting down at the end of a tiring day.  That's doesn't mean that everything I show you on this blog will be squares or rectangles.  There are a lot of patterns out there that can be easily comitted to memory after a few passes up and down the rows.  Those are the patterns and photos that I'll share with you here.  The tabs above will link to patterns that I have used. 

I love both crocheting and knitting, but I can crochet much faster than I can knit.  I have a sizeable yarn stash, so I'm going to try to crochet and knit my way out.  I hope you'll come back often to see my progress and to join me in a project or two. 

I'll show you what I've been working on in my next post.  Thanks for stopping by.  I'll hope you'll come back to visit again soon. 

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